It's Monday, November 11 – and have you thanked a veteran today?...
Weather: Enjoy the sun, for now. We will warm up to a high of about 70 degrees today, but that's as warm as it will be around here for a while. Lows tonight will dip to the middle 50s. Then on Tuesday, temps take a sharp drop as highs will only reach the middle 50s, with lows in the upper 20s and a hard freeze expected.
America thanks its armed forces. It's Veterans Day, and aside from the big parade in downtown Birmingham, communities in north Jefferson County will also remember those who served. Pinson hosts its Veterans' Breakfast this morning at the Palmerdale Homesteads Community Center, Fultondale's American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts hold their ceremony at 10 a.m.
Almost time to vote. The polls will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for one of the biggest decision in Gardendale's history. Residents will vote in a referendum on whether to raise property taxes another five mills to finance a city school system that will break away from the Jefferson County Schools. Polls will be open until 7 p.m. We'll have full coverage Tuesday here at njeffersonnews.com, as well as on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. (@NorthJeffNews).
Massive devastation. The toll from Typhoon Haiyan, which slammed into the Philippines on Friday, has already reached more than 10,000 estimated dead – and that's just from one city alone. The storm will likely go down as one of the worst in the history of the Eastern Hemisphere, if not the whole world, as winds gusted to 170 miles per hour and a storm surge 20 feet high battered coastlines. Officials say that counting the dead and the damage will take days, if not weeks, due to the sheer scale of destruction. The storm isn't done yet; Haiyan is expected to make landfall in Vietnam today, though with somewhat diminished winds.
Sports: War Eagle soars in rankings. Auburn has jumped two spots to seventh place in the latest Bowl Championship Series rankings, after the Tigers took down Tennessee 55-23 on Saturday. If Auburn is able to defeat No. 25 Georgia at home this week, it would likely make the Iron Bowl on Nov. 30 a de facto BCS quarterfinal game, with the winner moving on to the SEC Championship Game as a semifinal. Alabama stays in the top spot after their big win over LSU.... Elsewhere, it looks like two of the top freshmen in college football are from around here. You've heard about Hueytown product Jameis “Jaboo” Winston, a likely Heisman Trophy candidate at Florida State – but the top freshman running back in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision is a former Gardendale Rocket. Jordan Howard leads all freshmen in yards per game, with 96.6 yards in each of UAB's eight contests. He is 32nd overall in the standings, one notch above Alabama's T.J. Yeldon and 10 spots below Auburn's Tre Mason... NASCAR: Bound for six. All Jimmie Johnson has to do to win his sixth Sprint Cup championship is to finish better than 23rd place next week at Homestead, after Matt Kenseth had a bad day at Arizona on Sunday and placed 23rd. Johnson was third behind winner Kevin Harvick, and pushed his lead to 28 points over Kenseth in the standings.